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Noise ordinance causing buzz among bikers
Updated on: 10.16.13

News of Nashville's year-old noise ordinance is spreading among members of the motorcycle community after an article was placed in the October issue of Hoosier Motorcyclist magazine.

The article was originally posted on columbuzz.net in August and was redistributed to Bargersville-based Hoosier Motorcyclist, an ABATE magazine.

The article -- which cites no source for its information except for quoting the ordinance in places -- claims that "Nashville law enforcement officers will be targeting motorcycles."

The unnamed writer goes on to state that "given that the ultimate goal of the town of Nashville is the elimination of motorcycles from their streets, expect to be harassed in the future during your visits there regardless of whether or not your bike is quiet."

It has been viewed more than 6,000 times on columbuzz.net. Hoosier Motorcyclist has a readership of approximately 35,000.

Nashville's noise ordinance, parts of which have been on the books since 1970, limits noise of all types. The group of local residents who worked with the town council to revise it in 2012 repeatedly stated that it is not targeting any particular group.

But "somewhere along the line, someone felt that the ordinance was targeted against them, and they're offended," said Jane Ellis, executive director of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A paraphrase of the Hoosier Motorcyclist article was shared on Facebook with Fort Wayne-based Old Fort Motorcycle Club, and as of Oct. 14, had been shared with other Facebook users 1,362 times.

"Apparently, the city of Nashville, IN does not want bikes in their community!" reads the original post in that group. "... As you plan your fall rides in and around Brown County, please, do not spend one single cent in Nashville, IN!"

Ellis said she wants to know how the town is responding to complaints. "Written communication" from her is on the agenda of the Thursday, Oct. 17 town council meeting. As of Oct. 15, the CVB had received or responded to at least eight complaints.

Last week's sheriff's logs show that Nashville Police received four calls from motorcycle riders who were planning trips to Brown County and were concerned about getting ticketed for having aftermarket exhaust systems.

In June and July, town police received 11 noise complaints, 10 about motorcycles and one about a possible fight -- which was actually a group of loudly laughing tourists, so no action was taken on it. They issued nine citations in that period, according to a report from the town marshal.

Five of those motorcycle riders came to town council in August to contest their tickets, saying they didn't know about the ordinance and didn't see any signs posted about it. After hearing from police officers that the riders were purposely making noise they considered to be excessive -- not just riding through town on a loud vehicle -- the town council upheld the fines.

"We want to have Nashville a pleasant experience for all our guests," town council member Arthur Omberg told those riders. "We're not trying to discourage any one particular group, because we can ill afford to isolate any particular group."

Read the ordinance by clicking here.

Read more in the Oct. 23 Brown County Democrat.

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    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • April 28
    BC Convention & Visitors Bureau
    8:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • April 28
    BC Area Plan Commission
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • April 29
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    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 29
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    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
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    6 p.m. Benton Township Senior Center, 7606 State Road 45, Unionville
  • April 29
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
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  • April 30
    Go Club at the library
    4 to 6 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
    Gospel jam & sing at Gnaw Bone church
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    Bingo
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  • May 1
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    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 1
    'Back to the Future' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 2
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Morel Mushroom sale & festival at state park Nature Center
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • May 2
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Festival dance planned
    6 to 10 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
  • May 2
    Spring Blossom Parade and food drive downtown
    11 a.m. downtown Nashville
  • May 3
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 3
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 3
    'The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 3
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 5
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • May 6
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • May 7
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • May 7
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    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
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    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
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    Bingo
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    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
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    Local Coordinating Council
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    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • May 16
    Rock & mineral club
    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • May 16
    Historic site hosts outdoor art contest
    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
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    Pollinator Awareness Day at state park Nature Center
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